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Index, Index, INDEX!

The lovely and brilliant Tamara reminded us again of basics.  And reminded me, as well:

Continuing Education

I cannot speak for anyone else, but as much as I lecture others in these pages regarding complacency, I, too, can fall victim to it.  (Duh)

Not just the almighty INDEX (NOT placing one’s index finger in the trigger guard until one is ready to shoot – and where exactly DO you place it?  ALTHOUGH, I’M PRETTY GOOD AT REMEMBERING THIS PART!), but…

When was the last time you checked your weapon for function and safety?  Are all the mechanical parts in good repair?

AND, appropriately lubricated?

How about the magazines (speedloaders or speedstrips)?  Clean and functional?

And the ammunition?  When was the last time you changed it out for newer stuff?  Is your ‘one-up-the-spout’ (aka The Barney Bullet) seated correctly?  Or has months of recharging your sidearm crushed the case mouth?  Or seated the bullet farther inside?

How about the function and maintenance of the holster?  When was the last time it was cleaned, oiled, inspected for damage?  And the belt…

AND WHAT ABOUT YOU?

When was the last time you did a dry-practice exercise?  Including a reload or two?

And do you know the latest nuances in your State’s criminal law statutes?

Not unlike driving a car – one does it every day.  When was the last time you checked the tires?  The oil?  The transmission fluid?  Your brakes?  Reviewed the traffic code?

Do you always wear your seat belt?  (I’m a libertarian, and I do!)

But I’ve not done everything above with regard to my sidearm and it’s equipment.

I need to, more religiously.

Last Minute Louie™, AGAIN!

Well, here it is April 12 , and, I’ve not yet completed my taxes!

APRIL FOOL!

The truth is, I completed them last night!

Down-to-the-wire, true, but not on the 15th!

Of course, being on disability, with no other real income, it’s pretty simple.

And, since 2010, I’ve not gotten much money back.

(Many people dis Arizona for many things, but, if you don’t make enough to pay taxes, AZ does give you $25 to play with!)

Of course, E-filing was $21.99 !

A quick $3.01 !  WOO-HOO!

Mr. Thingy

FarSide_MrThingy1I’ve never liked referring to myself as disabled.  Or the politically-correct differently-abled.  Even now that the State and my private insurance have labelled me as such.  I’m just uncomfortable so doing.

I haven’t even bothered to get one of those disabled license plates or mirror hangers.  Other people need them more than I.  :-)

I’m just me.

But, there are some things difficult and nearly impossible for me to do without some kind of assistance.

One of my ‘problems’ having a fused right hip (and imperfect right knee) is putting on socks.  I have been known to perform a kind of modified hurdlers stretch, bending my leg back and reaching behind me with a sock one-handed.

not me, not even close!

not me, not even close!

Believe me when I say doing this isn’t quick, easy or comfortable.

Or pretty.

Enter The Sock Thingy 2.0.  This is the name I’ve given it.

sock aidHere is a simple device which kind-of extends my reach with an open sock!  (Hey! It doesn’t dress me, but it makes things a little easier.)

One curls the black part into a sock, which holds it open, then dangles it to insert the foot in the opening, and pull up on the straps – viola’!

My only complaint is Sock Thingy 1.0 was made of thin plastic and terrycloth, and eventually broke.  It was quite comfortable, but replaced with the 2.0.  The 2.0 model is hard plastic.  Much more durable, but less comfortable, too.

At least it helps!

(It occurred to me while dressing this morning that some others of you might have a need for such an aid(?)

FTC – neither Amazon or Duro-Med have given me anything.  Put on your own socks!

SO…What Happened To RED JACKET FIREARMS?

What happened to Red Jacket Firearms?

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As I was in Louisiana apart of a road trip this past week, I decided to check into Red Jacket Firearms, just because they happened to be within the vicinity of where I was staying in Amite. I was curious on account of two reasons. One, I wanted to know more about what happened to them after their departure from the mainstream media because of Will Hayden’s sexual assault charges. And two, were they really all up to all the hype and talk that they have generated so much of while they were famous? The answers are varied. (Miles Vining @ The Firearm Blog)

I became a semi-regular viewer of Sons of Guns a couple years ago.  And while much of ‘reality TV’ leaves me stupefied and bored, I did enjoy many of their exploits.

If the charges against Will Hayden prove to be true, it’s just a damn shame.

And he should meet all the punishment allowed by law.

Of course, if he is vindicated, his life is already ruined by the media attention.

From The Firearm Blog

Rose In The Garden

Life doesn’t always go as we plan or desire.  We certainly cannot control others in their personal plans or desires.

Especially, in matters of the heart.

Sometimes, we must let them go…

When love is good, it’s very, very good.

And when it goes away, it sucks.

More ‘Transparency’

Yeah, right.

President Obama promised us the the most transparent administration, ever.

Yeah, not so much.

I’ve been reading some news accounts proclaiming (at the time) that Obama would be so much better than President Bush at responding to Freedom of Information Act requests…

Then, I saw this:

White House office to delete its FOIA regulations

WASHINGTON — The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.

That pretty much states all you need, although it might behoove you to go to the link.

So Bush AND Obama – peas in a pod?

At least as far as openness is concerned.

Not that we believed Bush to be terrific, and Obama to be less than terrific…

What has happened to The Republic?

Sad, really.

h/t Theo Spark, USA Today

Twenty Years Ago, Today

(Truly, I cannot believe it’s been Twenty Years!)

There are things that are good to remember; things bad to remember; and things important to remember.

The crummy part of all this is sometimes my brain is not too good at discerning which is which, or what goes with what.

My character (being flawed and neurotic as it is) has a tendency to default to the bad.

A shrink, I’m certain, would say it’s all about low self esteem, negative messages from childhood, etc.  The reasons don’t matter.

Twenty years ago, today was the accident in which our daughter Molly was killed.

I was driving – this makes me ultimately responsible, as I was The Dad.  The Protector.  The fact the other driver ran the red light while speeding is of no consequence.

I carry a sidearm.  I’ve done so for 41 years.  Long before I even met Molly’s mother, I chose to do whatever I could to protect myself and my family and friends.  It’s a roll I haven’t taken lightly.

And I took my assignment as Protector even more seriously when I became a father.  It’s what father’s are supposed to do!

We were making a left turn from 44th Street, East onto Thomas Road.  A little after 1 PM.  Going to Monkey Wards after an earlier visit to Famous Footwear @ 20th St. and Camelback.  Saturday’s with 12 year old daughters meant shopping!  The signal didn’t have a left turn arrow back then.  It was just like in the movies – in the midst of completing the turn, I sensed something was wrong.  Based on the estimated speed of the other car, we were pushed across the intersection in about one-tenth of a second.

And many lives changed forever.

I’ve no memory regarding what happened next.  Nothing to recall on the witness stand months later.  I was told I regained consciousness enough to give my estranged wife’s phone number to the ambulance guy, when I was asked if there was anyone he could call.

I had early drugged hospital memories of being on board a ship(!)  Not enough consciousness to ask why I was on a ship.  Turned out, with one (now re-inflated) collapsed lung and the other half filled with fluid, County Hospital had me on a pneumatic bed which kept hissing and rolling, to keep fluids from settling in my damaged lungs.  Ribs pushed into a lung.  Broken collar bone.  Broken arm.   Tube up the nose, and IV morphine/ativan drip.

My sister, wife and friends were there, being supportive and keeping loving watch as much as they could.  Not wanting to answer the obvious question:  Where was Molly?

In my few awake moments, I remember asking about the funeral, desperately wanting to be well enough to attend.

My wife was told Sunday morning there had not been any brain activity, and had the courage to disconnect life support.  Had our roles been reversed, I don’t think I would have had the bravery.  I am forever grateful to her for this.  A number of folks benefited from her decision.

The funeral was that following Tuesday.  I was largely unconscious in ICU at County for another two weeks.

Thank God.

Ultimately, after being moved to Good Sam, being given Tylenol in lieu of the morphine/ativan drip (!) and weeks in the regular hospital and rehab, I was able to walk and breathe again.

I was deeply depressed and pretty much just counting the days.

Until I could pay my respects.

That came weeks later.

I’ll say it again, as long as I take breath  –  Tell your family and friends you love them, right now!

Because you may never get another chance.

AND be an organ donor.

I try to remember the good times.  The IMPORTANT ONES.  It’s what has kept me alive for the past twenty years.

My thanks to all of you, family and friends, for holding me up, until I could stand on my own.

(Commentary has been turned off – I know how you all feel.  Thanks, again.)

Pain, Pain Go Away!

and don’t bother to come back another day!  :-(

To be honest, pain is only part of the equation.  Most of the problem is annoyance!

Yes, I have chronic diabetic neuropathy in my feet, legs and hands.  Sometimes it’s barely noticeable; other times more so.  And arthritis.  I can usually tell how a given day will go, when I awaken pain free, and reflexively open and close my fists.

If doing so is relatively pain-free, then moving to exit the bed is predicted to be so, also!

This morning, I had pain upon awakening.  While still horizontal.  Before opening and closing my hands.

And my knees were throbbing.

My doc recently took me off an oral diabetes med, which is a good thing! (YEA!)  But, she also restricted my intake of ibuprofen, not as good!  I still take the bp and cholesterol meds.

Can’t have everything!

I just took three OTC IB pills – I used to take SIX, two or three times a day.  This makes 9 pills in 6 weeks!  Along with my prescription pain meds.

And, I get to go in to an outpatient clinic next month, get put unconscious and have them run a camera down my throat!  To see if my esophagus has healed from earlier reflux damage.

Or if any cancer is present.  (I’ve had both skin cancer and lymphoma – this could be the hat trick!)

And I’m on Medicare, so a 20% copay is required.

Which, on my disability, I do not have.

The future appears to hold pain, more doctor visits, and more bills.

Annoyances.

Sigh

I try to focus on others in my circle coping with much worse situations.  Bob H., for example, who just lost the lower part of his left leg/foot, and will soon be fitted for a prosthesis.

Bob is doing well, particularly in his ATTITUDE!

THIS is why my crap is just an annoyance, and not a problem!  :-)

Logan’s Run

Gotcha!

farrahNOT the ubiquitous sci-fi movie classic from the 70’s, with Farah Fawcett.  Sorry.

(Just to show I don’t just go after leftist weasels.  I go after weasels from the right side of the aisle, as well ! – Guffaw)

How did Senate Republicans violate the Logan Act? Well they did that by being war mongers. But more specifically, when 47 members of Congress signed onto a letter that was sent to Iranian officials in an attempt to undermine the peace deal with Iran, they clearly violated the act — and also all committed felonies. According to Cornell University, the act reads:

“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

You should go and read the whole essay.  Republicans do just as many illegal acts as Democrats.  It’s actually kind of surprising, with Democrats controling most of the media, that this isn’t being more trumpeted(!)

Of course, based on so many other actions, it does appear Democrats don’t know the law!

(This doesn’t mean I agree with most actions of the current administration, but even a broken clock is right twice in seven years!  :-))

h/t Doc in Yuma

Yep, Right Up There With Jerry Springer

Or the Weekly World News!

I’m certainly no fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Under the guise of ‘helping the poor and disenfranchised’, they have continued to malign legitimate gun owners and owner’s rights (see The Bill of Rights) and to push a big government totalitarian nanny state, while conflating legitimate gun-totin’ folk with radical, bomb-throwing ‘ so-called militia’ types.

So, when I saw this expose’ of Morris Dees, the founder of the SPLC, I couldn’t resist:

Morris-Dees

Most young conservative activists see Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich as the face of the SPLC. That is because Morris Dees, the founder, has a sordid past that is dangerous for the organization to have him on any live show. Dees makes rare appearances at campuses. Even, then the Q&A session often get cancelled if their is any opposition in the crowd.

Dees has been denounced as a con artist by people all across the political spectrum. He has been denounced by major newspapers. He has been denounced by people of all races. He has been denounced on the pages of major left-wing websites like Daily Kos and Huffington Post.

Harper’s Weekly, a publication cherished by liberal reporters, even published an expose denouncing Morris Dees.

Most young activists don’t even know about Dees, because their attention is directly at the people Dees’ uses as a buffer.

Young activists should acquaint themselves with the infamous Morris Dees Divorce papers.

Read this expose from Weekly Standard.

Divorce papers?  Seriously?
Yep, I’m right up there with Springer.
h/t Free North Carolina
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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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